The public premier of this IMAX movie, first given to Lockheed-Martin Employees, was then presented publicly, to a warm but not overwhelming reception. The images of the rocket launch and of Mars were magnificent, with animated segments indistinguishable from the filmed segments, and very accurately created landscapes using photographs the Rovers took and sent.
One sequence made many viewers in the theater groan, because there's no sound in outer space (although, arguably, there might be faint sounds on Mars, which might have a very thin atmosphere.) Much of the movie consisted of enthusiastic young engineers telling how impossible the task was (indirectly letting us know how brilliant they must be). But their accomplishments are awesome, to be sure.
On the other hand, I understand that NASA is up against a wall every day, to get and keep funding for their very important programs. It's also important for the general layman to understand why these programs are so difficult to pull off, and to appreciate the success fully. Impressive humor and humbleness the engineers display in the face of test failures also makes this an interesting, and at times, visually striking documentary, definitely worth seeing. Younger viewers will be wide-eyed getting a first truly satisfying look at "the red planet."
Photographs sent back from the Mars Rovers
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